Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bantul transformed into 'banana republic'

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

For 15 days the district of Sewon in Bantul regency has been transformed into the capital city of a banana republic.

A government-sponsored festival that began Nov. 5 is showcasing more than 50 varieties of banana from Bantul regency at the Agriculture Education Office on Jl. Parangtritis.

Head of the Bantul Forestry and Farming Agency Edy Suharyanto said Thursday the festival aimed at increasing people's awareness of the high nutritional value of bananas, adding that many people considered bananas inferior to other fruits, such as apples and pears.

"Bananas contain similar amounts of magnesium to an apple. Magnesium is good for our body's health and stamina. Bananas, however, are also rich in fiber, which is good for our cholesterol level," he said.

"We organized this festival specifically to improve the banana's image."

Each of 17 districts in Bantul have sent at least three farmers groups to participate in the festival, resulting in more than 50 different banana varieties on display.

Scoring and selection of the festival's bananas are based on several factors, including arrangement, the number of bananas on each stem and the smoothness of the banana skin.

The festival also seeks to preserve rare varieties of banana, such as the pisang raja, which can command a price of up to Rp 500,000 per stem.

"I think this is a good chance to give an added economic value to bananas," Edy said.

Marketing, he said, was the main problem behind farmers' reluctance to grow bananas.

"It's still difficult to sell bananas. Naturally, when trade is still low, we can't expect many people to join in the business of planting bananas."

A member of the Sedyo Mukti farmers group, Sunaryono, said his group has difficulty in selling its products. Sales are heavily dependent on individuals and walk-in buyers.

"We hope the government will soon establish a banana market where we can sell our harvest in bulk. The government should also improve the road infrastructure to enable us to send our product quickly to the market," he said.

In the last two years, the Bantul administration has provided assistance to nine farmers groups in growing bananas. Edy estimated that in Bantul alone there were more than 400,000 banana trees.

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